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Southern Museum of Flight

4343 N 73rd St, Birmingham, AL 35206-3642
205 833 8226
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Ranked #15 of 43 attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: The Southern Museum of Flight, located three blocks east of the Birmingham-Shuttl... Airport, is one of the largest civilian flight museums in the... more »
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Birmingham, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a really fun place to take your kids. So many planes for them to touch and explore. They are having so much fun they even know they are learning.

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San Diego, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I visited the Southern Museum of Flight upon the recommendation of a Police Officer at the Birmingham Airport! It was a very good "hot tip!" I was very impressed with this facility. The displays were very well done and the museum staff were friendly, knowledgeable and very professional. Beyond the wonderful history of the Tuskegee Airmen and the work of... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A good air museum to take the kids. There are two wings to the museum, one wing contains small civilian aircraft, and the other military aircraft, such as those used to train the Tuskegee Airmen. There are exhibits on various aircraft engines, as well as a Russian Hind helicopter, a MIG 15 Fagot, and US aircraft such as a F-4,... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Couple weekends ago I visited Southern Museum of Flight and was very impressed. Something that didn't look like much from the outside turned out to be very interesting and worth seeing. Decent amount of airplanes - mainly smaller models. In the military area they had some bigger jets and helicopters. Great staff and they have a AAA discount. The only... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

The museum contains both civilian and military exhibits. I didn't realize there was so much aviation history coming out of Alabama until I went here. The staff were friendly and helpful. There are interactive exhibits to engage the young ones, and military exhibits taking a thoughtful slice of history and presenting it in easily consumable bites. If you have any... More

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Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
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68 reviews 68 reviews
39 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I wanted to spend an afternoon exploring Birmingham and came across this in my AAA tour book. Members get a discount. What a lovely museum! The dioramas are well complete with sound effects. The local history- Tuskegee airmen, the Alabama native present when the North Korean pilot defected to the US and the recovery of a bomber - not sure... More

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Dothan, Alabama
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

My wife and I were keeping two of our grandkids in Birmingham and I needed a place I could take a 5 year old for a few hours while the 3 year old slept. It was very interesting to me and had enough "stuff" to keep the 5 year old interested for several hours. Although the flight simulators had signs... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I went with a group of my family.... age ranges from 9 to early 60's. The museum is not huge. I think you could probably easily see it all within 2 - 3 hours. It is a pretty easy place to see if you have mobility issues. There were several places to sit through the museum and there was something... More

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Balti, Moldova
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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Not that big but interesting history. Not crowded. Several good flight simulators for 12 and older. Clean and neat. The town area around looked run down but that was interesting too. I would place it higher on the Birmingham attractions list. If you have a local Science Museum membership part of The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) then you could... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We are a family with children ranging from 13 years old down to 17 months. There is so much to soak in at this museum. Take your time & look at everything twice. Make sure to let the kids get into the planes that are available. My kids enjoyed that so much! Also, there are a few planes outside in... More

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